hammer blow


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hammer blow

n
1. a blow from a hammer
2. a severe shock or setback: Liam's death was a hammer blow.
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Maribor have snapped up midfielder Tanic Zlagor from rivals Gorica but the loss of Vugdalic and Ceh is a hammer blow to their hopes of making the Champions League or even the UEFA Cup.
His elder brother Paddy has already suffered the dreaded injury this year which ended his Championship before it began and a similar setback to Eoin would be a hammer blow to Derry's chances of winning the Anglo-Celt Cup for the first time since 1998, particularly given that the player was in fine form in the semi-final defeat of Armagh.
Fir Park boss Terry Butcher said: 'It's a hammer blow because David had been excellent early in the campaign and much of our success this season is down to him.
The timing of Moore's strike was a hammer blow to Stevenage, and they found themselves 2-0 down six minutes after the break.
NORTHAMPTON suffered a double hammer blow to their title hopes as they lost both this crucial match and star scrum-half Matt Dawson to a rib injury.
The move is part of a recall of 1.7million vehicles worldwide and will come as a hammer blow to Toyota after last year's mass recalls.
The evidence is another hammer blow to Hoon's career as it appeared to confirm he was ultimately responsible for Kelly's public naming.
TONY Blair's hopes of becoming President of Europe got a hammer blow after the French said "Non".
GLENTORAN chairman Aubrey Ralph has branded an IFA ruling banning their traditional Boxing Day clash with Linfield for the next two seasons as a "financial hammer blow".
ST MIRREN were last night dealt a hammer blow after goalkeeper Ludovic Roy was ruled out for four weeks with a broken finger.
BBC Sport are bracing themselves for another hammer blow, after losing Match of the Day to ITV.
IT was once the indestructible truck of choice for Arnie - but even the Hummer has been dealt a hammer blow by the credit crunch and oil prices.